Postage stamp honors Stewart

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James Stewart put his stamp on Hollywood. Now, he's on a stamp.

A 41-cent postage stamp honoring the Academy Award-winning actor was unveiled Friday at Universal Studios. It is the 13th stamp in the U.S. Postal Service's "Legends of Hollywood" series.

Stewart was 89 when he died on July 2, 1997. Except for presidents, the Postal Service requires that the subjects of its stamps must have been dead for at least 10 years.

At the ceremony, Stewart was remembered both for his roles in movies such as "Rear Window" and "It's a Wonderful Life" and for his patriotism. He flew 20 bomber missions in World War II and retired from the Air Force reserves as a brigadier general.

The ceremony was attended by Stewart's daughter, Kelly Stewart Harcourt; actor Robert Wagner and retired Air Force Col. Starr Smith, Stewart's intelligence officer during World War II.

"Over the years, our father has received countless accolades and honors for his accomplishments as a great actor and a great American," his daughter said. "We didn't think it was possible to feel any prouder of him than we did, until now."
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